Would like to hear what you think...I have a 4yo dd who is the sweetest, gentlest thing and super shy (not like her mama!). She has always been like this, from birth...the type of baby who isn't content unless they are in constant contact with their mama. A baby who thrived on touch---ALL THE TIME. Anyway, she has never grown out of it....she is super outgoing at home, or with family members who she feels comfortable with, but it doesn't matter how long she is around someone else, and how well she knows them, she is just really reserved and shy. She tends to get overwhelmed with kids her own age especially, as this age is very hands on and a little roudy, which she is not. She does well with girls who are about 8 or 9, who have calmed down and give her the space that she need to open up. She is a gem, but as we enter into the thoughts of what to do next fall for schooling, I am getting quite a bit of preasure from everyone, including dh.....
I would like to homeschool. One due to the education that I feel that she will get at home, and 2 because of her personality, I feel like school would just overwhelm her, and possibly impact her in a negative way as she is so sensitive. That being said, I recognize the need for peer interaction. I have looked into the local co-op here near me and am SO not impressed. It seemed more like a social time for the moms, versus the education of the kids.
So what do I do? Everyone is pushing me that she will never open up unless I make her have the peer interaction. I already take her to things during the week, but she always wants to be with me, holding my hand...sitting on my lap, that she doesn't interact with her peers. They are so loud for her and she hates it. It scares her. I feel like I don't want to push her, and she will open up in her own time...but my dh says what if she doesn't? My mil feels like I am overproctecting her and need to let go. To all of them (except my dh) I want to say bugger off....she is my dd and this is about respecting her pace.
So, I am at a loss. I want to homeschool in large part due to her personality, yet, is what I doing not helping?